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Yangrou Chuanr at Wow Barbecue

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clamdining Sep 14, 2013 07:47 PM

Wow Barbecue is now the second modestly named purveyor of lamb skewers in Boston, following One of the Kind in Allston. The skewers at the food truck are, indeed, very good, and they're much better than what I've had recently at One of the Kind (where the quality of the meat seemed to have gone down last I tried them). The truck also serves several other kinds of skewers, which I haven't yet tried: chicken, sausage, beef, shrimp, quail eggs, and some vegetarian options. It's located on the corner of Boylston and Washington -- an excellent addition to Chinatown.

  1. divinebaboon Sep 16, 2013 02:19 PM

    IMO none of the lamb skewers here(Gene's, WOW, or OOTK) hit the spot. Then again, I was born in China and ate street lamb skewers cooked by muslim man in tiny hats. The offerings in Boston are mediocre at best. New York, on the other hand...

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      9lives Sep 16, 2013 05:08 PM

      Maybe it's those tiny hats..

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        lipoff Sep 18, 2013 07:56 PM

        I was given a tiny hat as a gift from a Muslim man when I was in Ürümqi last month. And I have a charcoal grill sitting on my balcony right now . . . .

        Here are some lamb skewers from Ürümqi. Much better than most in Beijing, where I find the lamb too fatty. The lamb that Gene uses is a bit different still, but I've still never had better.

         
         
         
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          kdemayo Sep 19, 2013 05:59 AM

          Great pictures! OMG, the bread in picture number 3 - I want it now. How was Urumqi? I never made it to Xinjiang - would really love to visit someday. Thanks for posting!

      2. re: divinebaboon
        KWagle Sep 16, 2013 09:28 PM

        Okay, where in NYC do you recommend?

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          clamdining Sep 17, 2013 02:06 PM

          I can't speak for anyone else, but there are usually very good barbecue trucks off of Main Street in Flushing.

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        tysonmcneely Sep 16, 2013 09:08 AM

        I went here about a week ago and I was impressed as well. I had a lamb, a qual egg and a cabbage skewer. I preferred the lamb skewers from this truck to the ones at Gene's and One of the Kind. They were a little less spicy, but they had just a little bit of fat on it which added greatly the flavor. There was also more "grilled" flavor, which may be because of the fat as well. I've never had grilled cabbage before, but I quite enjoyed it. The Quail egg was good as well, I have no idea how they made it (pre cooked eggs?). The yolks were soft but not runny.
        $1.50 / skewer, although I think the shrimp may have been a little more.

        1. Prav Sep 15, 2013 01:54 PM

          Anyone know if there is sesame seed (sesame oil = no problem) sprinkled on these skewers? [allergy]

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            9lives Sep 16, 2013 09:34 AM

            I went to Gene's DTX today.

            Didn't have the lamb skewers but there is no sesame seed (or oil) on them.

          2. galangatron Sep 15, 2013 12:07 PM

            love their cumin lamb skewers. make sure you ask for spicy

            1. lipoff Sep 15, 2013 06:58 AM

              Thanks for the tip! I look forward to trying them.

              Gene's has the best lamb skewers I've ever had, including in China. I don't know whether he makes them at the new Boston location as I haven't been yet!

              Similar to One of the Kind, Golden Garden in Belmont also has good cumin-spiced lamb skewers, and Wang's in Somerville makes terrific beef teriyaki skewers --- an example of a delicious Chinese-American dish. Wang's and Zoe's both also make a very good version of traditional cumin lamb, albeit not on a stick.

              Also, I noticed at Dumpling Cafe in Chinatown an unusually large number of chuar --- chicken, chicken skin, ground chicken, beef, squad, duck tongue, shrip, and pork skewers. I didn't try any last time I was there, but will next time.

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                galangatron Sep 15, 2013 12:14 PM

                the lamb skewers are available at gene's chinese flatbread cafe in boston. $1.50 each

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                  cambridgedoctpr Sep 15, 2013 01:23 PM

                  any idea when gene's will be open evenings? or is that too much to expect?

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                    KWagle Sep 16, 2013 05:19 AM

                    I stopped by that neighborhood before he opened... it seemed completely desolate at night. So I wouldn't hold my breath if I were you.

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                  KWagle Sep 16, 2013 05:21 AM

                  I was pretty unimpressed with the chicken skin skewers at DC. I haven't had any of the others. And, Zoe's is closed because the facade of the building fell down last week. I sincerely hope they can reopen.

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                    Nab Sep 16, 2013 10:08 AM

                    Dumpling Cafe's offerings are typically fried, and then possibly hit quick with some kind of direct heat, but not in the smoky charcoal live fire way. Brushed with hoisin or other similarly sweet sauce. Chicken meatballs, chicken skin, and duck tongues pictured below.

                     
                     
                     
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